Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa
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... is "What's the craic?" meaning "How are you?" or "How's it going?" and I had absolutely no idea how someone would reply to this if asked. The answer I got from Eoghan was saying either "Ahh it's grand!" or "It's ****" depending on how you were. Though I was a bit hesitant at first, the night at The Rock Bar has definitely helped me become more excited about the rest of my trip and for once I am excited for classes to start, I guess Ireland is already changing me!
... there had been conducting services since 1220 and Sir Walter Rally lived here as well as Oliver Cromwell departed from here. Great place well worth the visit and it really isn't mentioned in very many tourist places.
Left Youghal and drove straight to Cork where I hired a suit, shirt and tie as well as we had a good look around the place. Staying at Eileens place tonight and tomorrow night so can possibly Skype some of you.
... frame my diploma once I get home. Here are some nerdy whiskey facts: The taste of whiskey is based upon how many times its distilled and how they heat up the barley in the fermenting process. Irish whiskey is distilled 3 times. Scottish whiskey is distilled twice (scotch) and American whiskey is distilled once. I must say I prefer Scottish whiskey overall but I’m not much of a whiskey person to begin with. After the tasting they gave us drinks ...
... down (upside down), to where you may kiss the stone. There are many legends as to the origin of the stone, but some say that it was the Lia Fáil—a magical stone upon which Irish kings were crowned. In the photo of the castle, from the ground looking up, you can see a tiny light in the center of the wall high up, near the top.That would be where we hung to kiss the stone. After the smooching fest, we then hung around up there since there was ...
... here, you are expected to occasionally offer the bartender a free drink while he is on duty. I think that Tim1 is quite happy with this setup, especially on busy nights.
Unfortunately my internet here is too slow to upload very many pictures (although there are a few if you scroll down), but hopefully by this weekend I will find someplace that has a faster connection. More tomorrow!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa Clonakilty
I did not stay at the hotel but I had a day spa break and so used the bar and spa facilities. I found the spa staff very friendly and unobtrusive. They made me feel really relaxed and unself-conscious, no mean feat when you are having seaweed daubed all over your practically naked body! The spa is very good value for money as you can buy day or afternoon packages which both entitle you to two or more treatments and the use of the thalasso pool, sauna, gym and relaxation room from 8 to 8! A very enjoyable break!
I treated my husband to a surprise weekend at the Inchydoney Hotel 2 years ago. It cost a fortune, but it was a special birthday, so I felt it was well worth it. The hotel itself is lovely - our room was spacious and very comfortable. The reception staff were dreadful and a major let-down of the hotel. Anytime we went to the reception staff, there were 1 or 2 staff on duty there, always on the phone chatting with friends and they would leave us standing there without even making eye contact. When they did see to us, it was obvious that they were annoyed we were there at all, interrupting their chat.. Breakfast was so-so. The first morning, we had Full Irish which had been sitting around for quite some time. The second morning we ordered fresh fish from the menu which thankfully was cooked fresh for us. All in all, we enjoyed our weekend and will return again. Hopefully by then the reception staff will have improved by then, or even better maybe replaced. The porter is worth a mention - a lovely guy. Great sense of humour and very helpful. Obviously he had been there a long time. Also, the restaurant staff were lovely.
I spent my coming of age ( 50 years ) here, and the tranquil setting was fantastic. We did eat in the restaurant, but the food was too rich, and nouveau. Also we had a bad experience in the spa, having stupidly booking up our treatments the day after an Irish world cup match. Half of the staff failed to turn up! What did I really expect. However we were compensated and it did not detract from the stay. The beach walks were great, and a stroll into clonakilty helped work up a thirst. When I can afford it, I will go back
My wife and two young daughters spent 3 nights here in the week before Easter. We found the service to be generally excellent - friendly and attentive from staff, many of whom seem to be from countries that have newly joined the European Union.
Got Married in this hotel and could'nt recommand a better hotel in Ireland. Location, Service, food, rooms, view...the list goes on and on...
If you are anywhere near Cork, give this one a vist...you won't be disapointed!
My father is a wheelchair user and has recently returned from the Inchydoney after a 3 night break. After reasurrance from 3 different employees we were told the hotel was disabled friendly, they arrived to find the lift broken which meant my mother and father had to have their breakfast in the Bistro. This hotel is not disable friendly, no access possibe to the Spa amenities due to the steps that lead to it and also problems with the side entrances. All in all a very disappointing and expensive trip. Please also note this hotel will not take switch cards as payment which meant my parents had difficulty settling the bill. Very disappointing throughout.
Great location - awful service
This hotel is in the most amazing location, beautiful beaches. However, the hotel is meant to be 4* but the service is most definitely not.
Having tried to order drinks there, eat in the bar, order tea/coffee - it is a nightmare. There is no visible management - expect to wait up to 40 mins for your drink to arrive, and an hour or so for the most basic of food.
Overall the experience is poor and disappointing.
Peace and Quiet in Southern Ireland
Well, this was a find. After some time in Cork and then a sojourn in Kinsale, I found this place by accident. A lovely, understated spa and lodge right on the beach, with views and de-stressing moments.
Certainly felt right at home, meeting some surfers, while taking a morning walk. The pub is wonderful, good stew and Murphy's to boot. The restaurant was lovely, with sea motifs and fabulous food. There's a drawing room where the guests can drink and enjoy a good book, conversation, a pot of tea, or some games. Hate to even write about this find, but it's a wonderful place to stay if you're touring Ireland. Or, if you're on business like me and don't even have a car, it's worth the taxi from Kinsale.
Out of this world
Beautiful hotel, great staff, all rooms have amazing sea views - outstanding location. Well worth a visit.
Aboslutely fantastic location and superb service - couldn't be better